The South Korean Air Force conducted a “walking elephant” training with 28 F-35A fighter jets on March 25, a day after North Korea test-fired a Hwasong-17 intercontinental ballistic missile.
Seoul’s Defense Ministry on Friday said Defense Minister Suh Wook oversaw a “walking elephant” formation training earlier Friday at an unspecified air base.
During the drills, fully equipped military aircraft taxis followed in close formation just before take-off, a method commonly used in emergencies that require multiple planes to take off at the same time.
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Suh was on the scene to monitor and monitor the exercise, which was aimed at verifying South Korea’s military readiness in the face of a series of recent provocations by North Korea, including a new ICBM test-fire last year. Yesterday.
The drills marked the first major display of military might under the Moon Jae-in administration.
The training marks the first major mobilization of stealth fighters after the Air Force completed the deployment of 40 F-35As in January.
The training is part of an effort to highlight South Korea’s deterrent capabilities after Pyongyang test-fired the Hwasong-17 ICBM on Thursday in its 12th known show of force this year.
Immediately after the missile launch, South Korea’s armed forces also conducted a joint live-fire exercise with key missiles, such as the Hyunmoo-2 surface-to-surface missile and two surface-to-air missiles. JDAM. (Yonhap)